The Star (Nairobi)

23 November 2012

Kenya: NGO Raises Concern On Slow Land Reforms

Kituo Cha Sheria has warned that the country may experience violence in the near future if land injustices are not addressed.

During a debate on land and MRC organised by Kituo yesterday, coast residents led by Nagib Shamsham argued that the Mombasa Republican Council should not be demonised.

They said the government should address the issues raised by the group. "We are doing the same things. We have been warned severally that land will make people fight but no action has been taken. We have had numerous reports about land and marginalisation like the Ndungu Land Report but none has been implemented," said Shamsham.

He said the MRC problem will persist as long as the land injustices are not resolved and warned that the Tana Delta violence will spill over to Taveta.

Shamsham said residents have never benefited from the multinationals based at the Coast despite being built on their land.

"We are told that multinationals are coming to Tana River to farm. Coast residents can undertake farming. Furthermore, these multinationals have no corporate social responsibility," he said.

Ndolo Wasasa, the secretary of pioneers for change, said the government should deal with absentee landlords at the Coast.

"Where is the TJRC report? Let us see their report and nationalise the process of MRC then speed up land reforms at the Coast," he said.

Participants said they have been disillusioned by the constitution because it has not been used to address injustices in the country.

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